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Wednesday, June 24 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Panel Session: Improve Foreign Language Speaking Proficiency in Immersive Environment

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Panelist(s): Nanxi Meng, Qing Li, Laetitia Knight and Aleshia Hayes

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Foreign language learners, especially adult beginners, often experience anxiety when developing speaking proficiency. This negative emotional state hurdles the learners from start practicing the target language with their instructors, their peer learners, and native speakers. The immersive learning environment established through Virtual Reality (VR) technology enables students to start practicing oral activities in the target language without directly facing the real audience at the beginning of their learning journey. In this panel, we intend to present the possibility of applying VR language learning tools for students to practice speaking in a low-anxiety immersive environment for multiple languages: English, French, and Chinese. With four panelists, we plan to discuss the possible tools, their affordance, appropriate instructional design, and activities suitable for VR delivery in the foreign language classroom.

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Laetitia Knight

Principal Lecturer of French / undergrad advisor, University of North Texas
French, French Language, French for Specific Purpose(s), Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Didactics

Nanxi Meng

lecturer, university of north texas

Qing Li

Lecturer, Chongqing University of Science and Technology
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Aleshia Hayes

Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas

Wednesday June 24, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
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